First off, Happy Birthday Uncle Al!
A year ago this day, I was sitting in my usual spot- laptop on table/coffee in hand- at the Coffee Bean on Sepulveda Blvd. in Culver City, California, trying to decide what to do. I had a decision to make- whether to stay in California or move back home; and no idea what I would do in either place, just knew I wanted it to do something in the event industry. That night, sitting in that spot. I made a decision. Called my mom, and said "Book your flight, your baby girl is headed home." Two days later, I met her in Las Vegas to begin my journey home. While in the coffee shop that night, I soaked in it all. That seat had been where I kept this blog alive while in California, and it was my last time to be there. I sent my friends and family a text message saying I had made my decision. Once I got back to my apartment, that I had to be out of either way by the 15, my brain was turning. There sitting in my bed, I came up with the words "Young Designs," came up with my plan and how I was going to start it. Who I was going to contact, how I was going to do this. The company name was decided on in LA- that night, my company's name. I am a firm believer that the good Lord has a plan and his plan is far greater than we can ever fathom, ladies and gentlemen-- that was His doing-- His turning the new page--His creation, guidance and leading. With my boss Mark Sheldon giving me the confidence that I could do it, and have 30+ people in LA to call with any questions- I said good bye to the greatest experience a 22 year old could have, and hello to the next step of my climb.
So on this day, I am reminded of that. While working at my twelfth wedding of the year for Young Designs, and while my first corporate event is taking place- all on the same night. I am at the wedding reception and the brother of the bride tells me, "look Shawna, you did it." I look over and yes, we can see the fireworks from the Centennial Celebration at the wedding. It was a joke that I got it for the Bride and Groom- but just a mere coincidence since the events were 5 blocks way. It was a celebration inside (me) of all sorts. One I can't explain. So that day, I am reminded of making that call to Mom and naming my company a year ago. Now it's not a name- it's an identity of its' own and growing and announced on Friday, it was named top 3 event designers of Central Arkansas by Soiree Magazine!!!! HE has a plan for each of us, and when you second guess that "sign," the good Lord will show you a far bigger one; even if it is bringing you an event for 400+ to plan 3 weeks out- to show you- you are on his course.